What is a complete home inspection?
A complete home inspection is an objective visual examination of the major physical structure, systems and components that are visible and safely accessible.
What does a complete home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition at the time of the inspection of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system; interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, insulation; exterior/interior walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
The Inspector may be able to locate and document defects that may not be obvious to a prospective home buyer. These defects can range from simple to severe damage, safety or health concerns. All problems are documented with a comprehensive Home Inspection Report with photos included and sometimes recommendations to fix the problem.
Why do I need a home inspection?
To minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties in purchasing a home, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for future maintenance. Upon completion of the inspection, you will know more about the house, and make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
What will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house often varies regionally along with other factors such as the size of the house, its age, condition and possible optional services requested.
The cost should not be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not always a bargain.
Why can’t I do it myself?
Most homeowners lack the knowledge, expertise, training and experience of a professionally licensed and certified home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. Professional home inspectors how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together and why they may have failed.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective about the house they really want, and which may have an effect on their judgment. For this reason, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
What is ASHI?
Since 1976, ASHI has worked to build consumer awareness of home inspection and to enhance the professionalism of its membership. The ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics serves as a performance guideline for home inspectors and is universally recognized and accepted by many professional and governmental bodies. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
Who belongs to ASHI?
ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as ASHI Associates, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity.
When do I call a home inspector?
A home inspector is usually contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection.
Do I have to be there?
It’s not required that you or your agent be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. Typical inspections can last from 1-2 hours plus.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If problems are identified, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect and this information will be invaluable to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence and will have the inspector written report for future reference.